jpegJust a quick heads-up to let you know that the latest edition of Sublime Magazine is out. If you’ve not got around to reading a copy yet, then why not make this one your first. As ever, there are loads of interesting pieces in it, including the story of David de Rothschild’s desire to build and sail across the Pacific Ocean in a boat made from discarded plastic bottles.

For my part, I stayed at home and made an assessment of the progress being made half way to the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals.

REACHING FOR THE STARS

In September 2000, the heads of state of some 180 countries gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Like the rest of us, they saw the millennium as a watershed – an opportunity to leave behind the regrets and unfulfilled promises of the Enlightenment and forge new aspirations. They wanted to tap into the hope that such moments in human history inevitably raise, and to map pathways towards the future that beckoned. What was acknowledged at the meeting was the stark reality that millions of people did not, indeed could not, share the optimism of the millennium. If the 21st century was to write itself a better history, then the world’s poor needed the hope of a future opening up for them. In response, those leaders voted to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration. They would commit their countries to a global partnership, the sole aim of which was to end ext reme poverty, and to do that within the first 15 years of the new millennium.
The ultimate outcome of that high-powered meeting was the production of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): a road map to tackling the world’s main development challenges. Though they break down into 21 quantifiable targets, which are measured by some 60 indicators, the MDGs are usually stated simply as eight objectives: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; to achieve universal primary education; to promote gender equality and empower women; to reduce child mortality; to improve maternal health; to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; to ensure environmental sustainability and to develop a Global Partnership for Development.

These commitments offer an unsurpassed breadth and depth to the arena of global development. But the question that hangs over these goals is a reasonable and vital one – are they on track? Can the poorest of the poor expect their lives to have significantly improved by the UN’s self-imposed deadline of 2015? READ THE REST HERE: SUBLIME MAGAZINE